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Black Hawk Hancock

  • Associate Professor
  • PhD​

  • Sociology
  • Faculty
  • 773.325.4050
  • 990 West Fullerton Avenue, Room 1109

Dr. Black Hawk Hancock is an Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His past ethnographic research has explored the revival of swing dancing through my experiences as a student, teacher and performer during a six-year period. This scholarship has appeared in article form in: Ethnography, Qualitative Sociology, and Sociological Perspectives, and culminated in the book entitled American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination, published (2013), by The University of Chicago Press. His current ethnographic research explores the Mexican workers that have come to define the backbone or infrastructure of the restaurant industry of Chicago. This study is animated by two apparently divergent yet intimately interrelated questions. First, how do our understandings of ethnicity, authenticity and culture come through the ways that people use food to make sense out of themselves and others? Second, how do people secure spaces of culture and identity in the face of economic, political, and socially antagonistic living conditions? In a world where it is difficult to assess people’s understandings of other cultures, or even their own in any direct manner, food serves as an ideal medium through which to explore the cultural imagination, as well as an opening to explore cultural appreciation. This work is under contract at The University of Chicago Press.

His teaching focuses on primarily on classic and contemporary theory, urban ethnography, and race/ethnicity and culture, while his special topics courses focus on the work of Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman, and Roland Barthes.

Recent Publications:

Hancock, Black Hawk. “Michel Foucault and the Problematics of Power: Revisiting the Critique of Medicalization.” The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Forthcoming.
Hancock, Black Hawk. “Civil Society Must be Defended: A Reply to Michael Burawoy’s “Sociology as a Vocation” from the Standpoint of Ethnography.” Contemporary Sociology. Forthcoming.
2016 Fine, Gary Alan and Black Hawk Hancock. “The Ethnographer at Work” Qualitative Research. Forthcoming. First published online July 8, 2016.
2016 Hancock, Black Hawk. “Learning How to Fiske: Theorizing Power, Knowledge, and Bodies in the 21st Century.” In John Fiske, Power Plays Power Works, 2nd edition. London: Routledge.
2016    Hancock, Black Hawk. “Learning How to Fiske: Cultural Analysis as Counter-History, Cultural Literacy, and Public Policy in the 21st Century.” In John Fiske, Media Matters, 2nd edition. London: Routledge